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Details for the convict Henry Benson (1835)

Convict Name:Henry Benson
Trial Place:Central Criminal Court
Trial Date:24 November 1834
Sentence:14 years
Arrival Details
Ship:Aurora I (2)
Arrival Year:1835
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Henry Benson was born in 1816 in London, England to Joseph & Jamima Benson.

Henry Benson and his friend William Elford were indicted for stealing a handkerchief value of 2 shillings, which belonged to a George Hepplewhite, who was a mariner.

John Nicholas, a policeman, saw Henry Benson and a lady companion follow George Hepplewhite on the 21st November 1834. They stopped at a fishmongers shop where Henry Benson took the handkerchief from George Hepplewhite and gave it to his friend William Elford who was close to him.

A James Porch, policeman, followed Henry Benson for 50 yards (45 metres) where he arrested him.

Henry Benson's defence was - "I had just come from work, and went to have a pint of beer - I was walking along - The police man seized me."

Henry Benson and William Elford were Transported for 14 Years.

Henry was transported to Van Diemens Land or Tasmania.

He was transported on the Aurora on the 8th October 1835 with 300 other male convicts. One dieing in transport.

On his convict record on 24th March he was found in a public house and absent from his gang. He was ordered Hard Labour at his trade for 3 months.

Henry worked as a plasterer in the custom house gang which is now the Tasmanian Parliament House.

Henry was approved for a Conditional Pardon in July 1845.

He was extended to the Australian Colonies on the 12/08/1845.

On the 18th June 1846 Henry Benson married a Harriet Brown/Browne in Hobart, Tasmania.

They had 9 children together.

Henry Benson died on the 06/03/1892 in Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia.

Submitted by Researcher (Hannah Brown) on 14 March 2019

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  • The National Archives (TNA) : HO 11/10, p.90

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